An update on crypto and virtual asset disputes

13 May, 2022

On Thursday 12 May, Iain Quirk QC joined a panel of asset recovery specialists at the Asset Recovery International conference in Dublin. He was joined by Charles Kerrigan (CMS UK), Christopher Pease (Harneys) and Aidan Larkin (Asset Reality) to discuss cryptocurrencies, virtual assets, and other blockchain-related technologies in this new asset class. Joined by conference chair Ros Prince (Stephenson Harwood) the panel grappled with the basics of crypto, the different ways assets can be defined and how to enforce against them.

Today, Friday 13 May, Stephen Houseman QC will chair a panel at London International Disputes Week covering the crypto ecosphere and dispute landscape. Hosted jointly with experts from Travers Smith, Ankura, 4 Pump Court and Forum Chambers, the panel will consider crypto from a regulatory angle and evidence recent civil disputes in the crypto space. The panel will also be joined by guest speaker Erica Stanford, founder and CEO of the Crypto Curry Club, for an overview of the London crypto market and where it is heading.

This succession of crypto and virtual asset related talks follows the recent formation and launch of CFAAR (Crypto, Fraud and Asset Recovery), a network of legal industry professionals comprising lawyers, barristers, forensic accountants, corporate intelligence and asset recovery experts, of which Essex Court Chambers is a founding member. Bringing together some of the world’s leading names in crypto disputes and advisory, CFAAR is a platform for experts to develop and share best practice in this rapidly evolving sphere, placing the UK and common law jurisdictions at centre stage for global crypto dispute resolution.

Recordings of both talks will be available to watch here in due course.